Iran and Turkey jointly manufacturing MBS hands behind Khashoggi murder

Sohail Choudhury

President Donald Trump, commenting on the report prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on the case of Jamal Khashoggi murder said, “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

Washington Post had claimed CIA has concluded with “high confidence” that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) citing people familiar with the matter.”

It may be mentioned here that Khashoggi was associated with the Washington Post and this newspaper’s anti-Trump, anti-Israel, pro-left and pro-Iran policies are no secret to the people.

Left-inclined Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoting pro-Erdogan Turkish website Hurriyet Daily News said, “The CIA has a recording of a phone call in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave instructions to “silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible.”

A day earlier, Turkish news site Haberturk released what it said was quotes from a tape of the Saudi dissident journalist’s last moments.

Hurriyet falsely made up the story being instructed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Although this website said, “Turkish columnist says CIA director Gina Haspel had ‘signaled’ the existence of the recording in a visit to Ankara” – a correspondent of the Reuters said he had no information about such a recording. “There is talk of another recording.”

In fact there is no such recording at all. It is just a story created by Turkey under the influence of Iran, while in the United States – news media being influenced by the Democrats and their leftist-Islamist darlings are trying to use the Khashoggi issue to put President Trump into discomfort.

While media have gone crazy in giving over-enthusiastic coverage to this case of Khashoggi murder, it definitely is hiding a fact – Khashoggi was a defender of Muslim Brotherhood and darling of Al Qaeda. He was vehemently opposed to the State of Israel. The media also are feeling shy in letting people know, Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are trying to use the Khashoggi case as an effective tool in inciting coup in the Kingdom. They hate Mohammad Bin Salman [also referred as MBS], mostly because of his reform policies and for his newer diplomatic approach of ending rivalry with Israel. Most of the radical Muslims in Iran, Turkey and the world see Mohammad Bin Salman as a threat to Islam and they even believe, MBS may ultimately move ahead in trashing several Islamic laws in the Kingdom. He may even open the Saudi society from the century old darkness and transform Saudi Arabia into a modern Muslim nation.

According to the WorldTribune, the CIA’s reported assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally authorized the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was leaked to the anti-Trump Washington Post, which published the news on November 16.

Inquiring minds want to know what is going on, a report in the current edition of Geostrategy Direct said.

Since the Obama administration backed the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump opposed, analysts said it is not surprising that certain officials would leak characterizations of the CIA assessment that would undercut the new U.S. strategy in the Middle East, the report said.

The leakers of the CIA finding “may be attempting to discredit (Jared) Kushner and to detach Trump from his alliance with the crown prince,” John Hinderaker wrote for the Powerlineblog.com.

Their “motive is the same as the Post’s reporters’: to reflect badly on the Trump administration,” he suggested.

It seems to me – many parties are trying to cash the Khashoggi issue. While Iran and Turkey clearly are making frantic bids in labeling the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman as the “culprit”, political opponents of President Donald Trump equally are trying to use this issue in damaging relations between Washington and Riyadh.

Sohail Choudhury is the executive editor of Blitz.

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